Is Jake Locker the next John Elway?
Let’s not go that far. But the Broncos’ new executive vice president of football operations did have a glowing review of the young quarterback out of Washington.
Elway held a one-hour fan forum with Broncos fans Wednesday and said there certainly are some similarities between him and Locker (via the Broncos’ official website).
“Jake Locker, if you talk about height, weight and speed, he’s probably the closest to me,” Elway said. “We’re the same height, he’s faster, probably, and heavier than I was, but when you think about play style, Jake Locker is probably the closest even though (Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick) are all very mobile themselves, too.”
The Broncos have been rumored to be looking at quarterbacks during this entire offseason, though nobody expects the team to pull the trigger on Locker with the second overall selection.
But what is interesting to note here is that the Redskins and Mike Shanahan have been linked to Locker. And our Mike Mayock said on Wednesday that he wouldn’t be shocked to see Locker end up in Washington.
“Locker likes getting out on the edge, and he’s mostly accurate off play-action rolling out right or left,” Mayock said. “That’s what Mike Shanahan’s scheme is. It’s a lot of play-action. It’s a quarterback making a decision on half the field. … If he has a chance to play early and play effectively, I think that’s the kind of system he’s set up for.”
Could Shanahan be fighting Elway to get Locker? We’ll find out next week.